Just a brief update about the canal as the Canal and River Trust have been in touch to let me know what is going on at this presently closed bridge. This what they have told me
The reasons for the work being carried out at Hall Lane Swing Bridge are twofold:-
· Maintenance – The mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems are nearly 30 years old and so require a major overhaul and bringing up to current standards.
· Automating traffic control – The bridge is one of the older types on the canal network which requires swing arm barriers to be moved manually. After the works, the bridge will be operable from a tow path pedestal. The user will simply need to insert the key and press the appropriate button for full operation including traffic lights, barriers and bridge movement.
The actual bridge itself is not being touched.